What is Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting (SECR)?

The SECR replaced the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) from 1st April 2019 and builds on requirements for those organisations already reporting under the mandatory Green House Gas (GHG) and Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS). Whereas the CRC applied to 4,000, the SECR will be in the region of 12,000.

Which companies does SECR affect?

The scheme includes quoted companies that are already obliged to report GHG and large unquoted and limited liability partnerships. Large is the definition under the companies act 2006, meeting two of the following three criteria, which differs from ESOS:

  • A turnover of £36 million or more
  • A balance sheet of £18 million or more
  • 250 employees or more

There are exclusions:

  • Less than 40,000 kWh energy use in the reporting period
  • Where judged not practical and seriously prejudicial to provide the information
  • Public bodies
  • Charities, not for profit organisations, universities etc should check
  • Non-UK registered companies

What does SECR mean for your business?

Although SECR may seem like an administrative burden on your business, being proactive about energy efficiency is beneficial to all businesses. It removes unnecessary costs and helps your business become more sustainable and environmentally friendly.

Unlike the CRC there are no financial payments for emissions, with the lost revenue being made up through an increase in the Climate Change Levy (CCL) from 1st April 2019.

Annual reporting is based on an organisation’s financial year and published within the Director’s or Energy and Carbon Report. This includes UK energy use from Electricity, Gas and Transport fuel as well as the GHG emissions and one energy intensity metric, such as tonnes of CO2/kWh. Quoted companies will need to also provide global energy use.

There must be a robust and transparent description of the measures taken to improve energy efficiency within the reporting year, with previous year comparisons as the scheme progresses. First reports were due from 1st April 2020.

What can Indigo Swan do to help you?

We can provide organisations with tailored support and guidance surrounding SECR. To begin with we can help you establish whether you qualify and then discuss the gathering of data and reporting, as well as the most important aspect, which is how you will reduce your energy use.

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